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for joining us tonight here on "the ed show." now let's turn to congresswoman sheila jackson lee, who is a member of the homeland security department and also the subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence. congresswoman, nice to have you with us on the program tonight. are you concerned at the level of transparency in this program? >> thank you, ed. thank you for having me. let me just also express my concern on the violence, the gun violence going on in l.a. and the cops that have been shot. i know everyone's prayers are with those individuals out there. absolutely, i'm concerned about our present status with respect to drones. and i understand the american people's concern. i understand that we are a nation of values and of laws. i do want to make the point that none of us who are expressing this concern want to do anything to harm those agents who are in the field as part of the agency to put them in harm's way. and i think that should be clear, that the american people value what happens and how we're protected through gathering of intelligence. i think the white house did
when jesse jackson had to hold his nose and go to damascus to beg for the release of an american pilot who had been shot down by the syrians. drones are clearly the wave of the future because they save american lives, but they're also effective for surveillance. they have far greater use than simply the kind of fighters we've used, and we actually also use them for domestic purposes. they were reportedly used in the case of the 5-year-old who was held in alabama. they have been used for weather. there are an estimated 8,000 drones, so although it's part of the most secret program, military program, we have, there are also other uses. >> which starts to frighten folks domestically. good thing with the outcome of that alabama case, but some folks think their civil liberties are about to be infringed upon at home. dan, i know from your reporting and the book you wrote, there was more debate within this administration about the transparency aspect of it than there was whether they would engage in a drone program. explain that. >> well, that's exactly right, and that comes up significantly
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